Backyard entertaining in the summertime means memorable times spent with family and friends. Our backyard is the gathering place for the grandchildren and any events we have are usually centered around them)))
This year, a few days before the 4th when they were just simply "bored to death" I got out some paints, markers, tape, glitter pens etc., downloaded and printed some patriotic images from the web and set them off to working. They quickly came up with ideas for more decorations. They colored their images and outlined most of them with 3-d glitter which gave an interesting effect (though difficult to see in the images).
Once the images were all painted we set them out to dry. I had printed them on plain white cardstock. Once they were dry, we cut them out and placed them on banner length of white paper (heavy duty white Christmas paper on a roll). The pictures were glued to the banner paper along with some thin wooden stars, hearts and ribbons. We positioned the banner above the back door on the porch for everyone to see.
After the banner was finished, we found red, blue and white tissue paper and made paper flowers. I'll have to admit, it had been a while since I had made paper flowers so I had to look up the directions!
- Cut tissue paper into rectangles of desired size .
- Stack around 15 pieces of tissue paper. Use the same color or different colors. If you want to use a smaller number of pieces of tissue paper, flower will not be as full.
- Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side.
- Wind one end of the chenille stem around the middle of the accordion pleated tissue paper.
- Gently separate each layer by pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower. Do the second side.
Once the flowers were completed we needed something for stems. Not having any dowels or anything that would work for stems, I found some silk flowers that I wasn't using. I started to cut the flowers off but this proved to be a little difficult, so we just turned them upside down and attached to the plain end. The blossom end was going in the vase anyway so it worked out just fine!
We decorated plain white tablecloths with stars and stripes by taking some plastic tablecloths and cutting out runners for two tables from one cloth instead of using the plastic cloth over the whole table. This looked much better and was easily taped down to the white cloth. Several years ago I invested in several white cotton tablecloths in round, square and rectangular sizes. These have been used many times since then for all sorts of celebrations.
Now that the 4th is behind us......we need to start thinking about Labor Day!